Underwater by Sneha Subramanian Kanta
Published November 29, 2020
Yonder loosestrife, gusts carry into sea. Totemic wing. Ghost wafts above water,
unravels the seismic splay of muscle tissue in the flow. Waves lap into relentless
roars. Ghost in a landscape of rain carves bone beyond aviary. Water curls form
a heaviness in the body. North-coast. Clef wave with ghost made of fig leaves.
A storm groans with compost hands to return cyan-blue to the sea. The listless
downpour submerges ghost but ghost rises to the surface with gills. Water is a
memory trail of floodlines. Bouclé of froth molecules on the surface howl after
eventide, as a distant call to the glare over a lighthouse. Mist on the fenceposts.
Staccato ghosts. The mercurial outside exalts wraith. Water canyon beyond the
pastoral residue. Parabolic planet of discord with fingers that incarnate pointillist
asteroids. The interconnected quake on a hilltop steeple of gravel. Rain pelts ghost
in a swerve of onslaught. Steeple with a shiver-window. Typhoon maw. Plovers
clad in the afterglow of a gold-emblem cloud. Slant slope with ghost in bluegrass.
A hearth of clay in the cove. Clang of metal, smelt of bough. Sea of epithelium.
Wasp-voice of underwater with ghost in a border of bract. Petrichor sea scent.
Sneha Subramanian Kanta
Sneha Subramanian Kanta is a writer from Canada. She has been awarded the inaugural Vijay Nambisan Fellowship 2019. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Muzzle Magazine, Waxwing Magazine, The Puritan, The West Review, and elsewhere. She was the Charles Wallace Fellow writer-in-residence (2018-19) at The University of Stirling. She is the author of Ghost Tracks, forthcoming with Louisiana Literature Press (Southeastern Louisiana University). She is the founding editor of Parentheses Journal and reads for Tinderbox Poetry Journal.